When on the North Fork, visiting the wineries is a must. It is very nice to take a break from the beaches and stores and drive along the main routes and visit the twenty-something wineries. What surprised me the most was how good the wines were and how established the industry was down there. I found all the wine owners to be very hospitable and execited to share their wine with you during the many free wine tastings that are offered.
My favorite wineries were Gristina Vineyards, Osprey Dominion Winery, Palmer Vineyards, Peconic Bay Vineyards, Pelligrini Vineyards, and Pindar Vineyards.
The others are great too, but these had my favorits.
Mitchell Park, is a lovely four acre park turf laden park located on the waterfront of the Village. When you first come upon Mitchell Park it is hard to tell what it is because it doesn't take on the form of a traditional city park.
The park complex is home to an antique carousel, observation deck and harbor walk fronting the 60 slip marina. The carousel is kept from the elements by a glass like cover. The carousel offers a brass ring-free ride offer for anyone who catches it.
Mitchell Park is one of the great waterfront spaces on Long Island and a focal point for the Village. During the warm weather there are numerous events including a boat show, concerts and art shows. During the winter residents and visitors enjoy ice skating on the large rink.
I happened to pick a day in mid-September when the magnificent U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Baroque Eagle was in Greenport on a training mission. The ship is a three masted tall sailing ship. The ship is normally stationed at the USCG Training Facility in New London, Connecticut.
The Baroque Eagle serves as a training ship for approximately 175 cadets and officers from the USCG Academy. The ship represents the first opportunity that sea going men and women cadets have at sea. The ship itself has a length of 296 feet and the main mast is 146 feet tall. The boat stood out in the Greenport Harbor far above any existing buildings.
The ship was built and launched in Hamburg, Germany in 1936. She was originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel, a ship four vessels in Gorch Fock class. The ship was commissioned by the German Navy in 1942 and served as a war ship equipped with two 20 mm antiaircraft guns. At the end of World War II the Baroque Eagle was taken by the United States as part of war reparations. The Baroque Eagle has made New London, Connecticut its home since 1946.
The boat was open for public viewing the week I was in Greenport. The crew were extremely helpful in showing the features of the vessel. The polished steering wheels, the rat lines and the many nooks and crannies on the ship made it a joy to visit. The ship was also in top shape and it is hard to believe that is over 75 years old.
Located just a few miles east of Greenport right off the main highway sits Breknock Hall. The house was named for owner David Gelston Floyd’s ancestral home of Brecknockshire, Wales, Brecknock Hall was constructed between 1851 –1857. A grandson of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, David Floyd established his own track record of success as a shipping magnate, whaling fleet owner, bank president and legislator.
Brecknock Hall was Floyd’s family residence, and leftover stone was used to build Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport Village. A recent restoration project spearheaded by the Brecknock Hall Foundation has given new life to this historic gem, Long Island’s most magnificent example of 19th century Italianate stone architecture. The transformed Brecknock is now open and available to the public as a resplendent site for weddings, celebrations, and other events.
Be aware if you drive around the place you will most likely be asked what you are doing. I was able to park among the grounds and take pictures before I was asked to move because a private event was scheduled for that night.
Wine-Tasting. A big surprise to my wife and I were the many wineries on the North Fork. I could not believe all the choices! As a did even more research, I found out that many of these wineries are nationally recognized, if not internationally. The wineries are a hop skip and a jump from Greenport or Southhold.
Most are in very nice buildings that have a lot of charm. As a bonus, many wineries offer free wine tasting and if you have to pay, they generally take that amount off your bill anyway. If you like wine, this would be a sort of heaven.
Greeenport Carousel in Harbor Front Park.
This is a nice brand new park that is just fun to hang out in. Your right on the water and the breeze feels great. Just sit and watch all the activity around you. It was so relaxing one day, my wife and I both fell asleep just lying there.
Shop on the busy Main Street and side streets. Of course being a tourist destination one can find many nick nacks, but the town has many great specialty shops, art gallerys, and antique dealers.
Since there are so many stores, usually it is not crowded when you walk into one.
This is another view of Main Street heading toward the pier. This shot is right near my sisters store. Her street is on the left heading back toward the village.
Once you finish and head toward the pier, get some seafood and watch the ships come in.
As you enter Greenport from the west one of the first striking sites on Main Street is the Greek Orthodox Church. It wraps around the eastern side of the street as if it was in a large New England city. Its
Hop a ride on the Shelter Island Ferry
The best way to see Greenport and Shelter Island is to rent bike. There are a couple of places in Greenport to rent bikes inexpensively. Hop the ferry, ride the coast of Shelter island, and stop off at one of the local delis for something to eat.
Main Street, as its name implies, is the main drag in Greenport. The street in its approximate two mile length contains a wide assortment of beautiful homes, shops, and churches.
It is an absolute joy to take a walk beginning at the Greek Orthodox Church and then proceed northeasterly down to the seafront. In a matter of twenty minutes you will see a wide variety of well kept homes, churches and interesting shops.
Greenport was voted by Forbes Magazine in 2011 as one of the prettiest towns in America. It is no surprise to me to hear of this award. It is a precious gem hidden way on the North Fork of Long Island.
Wineries are very close from here. (One of them is actually right in town with funny sign "Last winery before France") First one on the road out of Greenport is The Old Field vineyard - very nice family owned winery with good red wine, then Corey Creek - I guess the same owner as Bedell - classy interior, really good white wine, Duck Walk – nice desert and white wine, Osprey's Dominion – less expensive wine and not bad at all... So far I visited 9 wineries and was impressed by atmosphere in tasting rooms and the wine itself!
It is not difficult to find a beach on the island, especially where the island is getting nerrow... The sunset here is so peaceful...
We were lucky to see the last days of the Indian Summer here.... I really love those colors, and I should go back to see this natural beauty at its best one day!
It was cool to see how all the houses were decorated for Halloween. This is only one out of many....Booh!